Amazon proudly announced today it’s adding its 10,000th skill to the Echo, the company’s artificially intelligent speaker. About a year ago, I wrote a love letter to my Echo praising it as the ultimate gadget for a lazy stoner. The prospect of greatness seemed so obvious. The speaker was quickly getting smarter, and soon I’d be able to control most of my home from it, right?
After a year of waiting for more useful skills to hit the Echo, I’ve finally given up. The issue is that I—like many other Echo owners—only use two or three different skills. I ask it for the weather every morning, occasionally set an alarm, and sometimes play music. That’s it. I could easily get by with a bluetooth speaker and a smartphone.